There Will Be Dragons (The Council Wars #1)
I like the concept: 45th century society abruptly regresses from "We are as gods, and might as well get good at it", but for some silly reason they all regress to vaguely medieval technology -- lots of reenactors and muscle-powered recreational f ...more
Sadly, that is not the book that was delivered. The entire book seems to have been written by a hormonal and socially-awkward teenage boy. The female characters, especially, are one-dimensional and more objects of male sexual desire than anything else. Well, that and as a ve ...more
What. The. Fuzz.
I tried. I kept my mouth shut. And THEN it went crazy on me. Ringo shows rapes and near rapes of women he carefully mention ...more
If you're a jingoistic 15 year old boy, comforted by seeing women abused and degraded, you'll love it. I'm not any of those things, a ...more
I read the other reviews of the book and was very surprised by the claims of this book being hateful towards women.
There are a ton of books where women are not the main characters and are just stereotypes, t ...more
The entire premise of this book and it's series seems to stem from Clark's third law, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
When an incredibly advanced earth is stripped of it's science then all that is left is magic to the survivors. It is this magic that they use to fight a war, to protect their homes and loved ones, and to try to reestablish the paradise lost.
In my humble opinion one of the best science f ...more
It had a good premise! I find post-apocalyptic fantasy to always been a bit interesting.
There are so many problems with the way Mr. Ringo took his story.
1) While there are some people who to be expected, don't very much like the fact that they have to work and expend themselves to survive, I feel it's treated fairly lightly. I find it hard that a mass of people who for many Generations have had no reason to do anything except what they wanted to, to roll over so easily. Yes, there would be so ...more
I'd say that maybe I'm just being overly sensitive, but I got the same vibe from another other book by Ringo that I ...more
Until "The Fall", when a dispute the last handful of politicians needed to run this paradise leads to civil war. All the power is drained so the Key-Holders can wage a high-tech "wizard war", bombarding each other and mounting armies of geneticall ...more
My only previous contact with th ...more
Does it trail off into the unrealistic? No.
Is it a fun read? Hell to the yes!
There Will Be Dragons like many of John Ringo's books is pretty out there kind of universe and premise. That said, it is damn interesting and gives you characters that you can dig your mental chops into and follow through one hell of a journey.
Historical re-enactors and Society of Creative Anachronism types are best suited for survival & start to rebuild society.
It's a bit of a slow-starter, as the Fall doesn't happen until about a fifth of the ...more
In the future there is no want, no war, no disease nor ill-timed death. The world is a paradise-and then, in a moment, it ends. The council that controls the Net falls out and goes to war. Everywhere people who have never known a moment of want or pain are left wondering how to survive. But scattered across the face of the earth are communities which have returned to the natural life of soil and small farm. In the village of Raven's Mill, Edmund Talbot, master smith and unas
Now you've got a whole different kind of post apocalyptic story.
I enjoyed this books so much I read the whole series on my Kindle (available from Baen webscriptions for free BTW) in less than a week.
People are accustomed to machines fulfilling all their needs - only people interested in the way things were done in previous times (say exhibitors at a Renaissance Faire) have a clue how to grow food, make clothing, etc.
I took this as a warning - how many people would die if electricity stopped? ...more
After chapter 6 and the Fall of the 41st century, the book gets better. Still sexist and preachy, but no longer boring as a world ...more
A number of reviews whine on about the "degradation of women" or similar sentiments. Frankly, I found little of that in my reading. Others complained that it turned into a "wet dream for re-enactors," which I will regrettably concede. My own biggest complaint was that Edmond's attempts to build a nearly democratic republic in a society hovering o the brink of starvation were wildly m ...more
The book is pretty easy to read, but it's not dumbed down. He has a tendency to use uncommon words in some places to describe something that it would be more appropriate to use a simple word (ie. "titian" to describe reddish hair). Thanks to the ki ...more
This is one of those instances where a cover does not reflect what's going on inside the actual book. Going by this horrible thing, you'd think There Will Be Dragons is a high fantasy swords-and-sorcerers affair with some scantily clad women traipsing throughout. But you'd be wrong. Yes, there are swords. And yes, there is some "fantasy" elements involved, except they're not really fantasy and more super-technological science-y...t ...more
At some places it wasn't the pinnacle of logic and characters often did things way more difficultly when it surely could have been done more easily and with more precise results. Some things felt very improbable and overpowered, though that i ...more
The book is heavy on the worldbuilding, and the first s ...more
Die Welt wird von einem Rat regiert, der auch die Macht über die "Mutter" genannte Kontrollinstanz hat (der Name "Mutter" ist insofern vielsagend, als auch Kinder nicht mehr von Frauen geboren werden, sondern ...more
Firstly I would like to point out that the cover and title, apply to approximately one paragraph, maybe two, of anything that actually happens in the book. Be not mislead fellow readers.
For me, the issues with this book is that there were three separate stories taking place that don't mesh well. Firstly you have "Mother" a giant AI that controls EVERYTHING. And yet in the business of keeping the world going, humans are precious ye ...more
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In 1999 he wrote and published his first novel "A Hymn Before Battle", which proved successful. ...more